Biggest snowfall in decades blankets Chile's capital

Postado Julho 17, 2017

The Chilean capital of Santiago turned into a somewhat dark winter wonderland on Saturday, after three to five centimetres of snow caused a city-wide blackout.

Chilean authorities said a worker died while trying to clear ice and two people were injured after being shocked by a fallen power line, The Straits Times reports.

Local meteorologists said it is the heaviest snowfall in Santiago since 2007, El Mercurio reported.

More than 250,000 people were reportedly left without power - thought to be caused by snow-laden trees falling onto power lines.

Santiago residents took to social media to share this phenomenon with the world.

Chile's National Emergency Citizen Corporation Network warned Santiago residents about driving in the snowy conditions.

A man touches the snow in Santiago. Several football matches were suspended due to heavy snow, the Football Federation of Chile said in a statement.

"Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time".

"Unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels, flood risks and unexpected floods are just a few of its effects reaching an unprecedented scale each year".